Montreal Veterans

Montreal Veteran Interviews

The stories of Jewish Soviet veterans of the second world war. Click the links for videos and interviews.

Isaak Budnitski

Isaak Budnitski Born April 29th 1918 Vasilkov, Ukraine. Interviewed In: Montreal, Quebec Medals Awarded: Medal For Defense of Stalingrad,  Order of the Patriotic War (1st and 2nd Class),  Order of the Red Star,  Liberation of Vienna and Victory over Germany In The Great Patriotic War Sergeant Major 255th Aviation Service Regiment, Battle of Stalingrad, Crimea, Liberation Of Vienna   Issak […]

Lazar Chukhovich

Lazar Chukhovich Born November 13th 1926 Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Interviewed In: Montreal, Quebec Medals Awarded: Order of the Patriotic War (1st and 2nd Class),  Order of the Red Star and Victory over Germany In The Great Patriotic War Sniper – 41st Guards Division. Ukrainian Front and Liberation Of Budapest   “When at the front one could be killed […]

Zinovi Feigin

Zinovi Feigin Born April 3rd 1926 Sverdlovsk, Soviet Union. Interviewed In: Montreal, Quebec Medals Awarded: Order of the Patriotic War (1st and 2nd Class),  Liberation of Vienna,  Medal for Defense of Leningrad and Victory over Germany In The Great Patriotic War Radio Operator And Paratrooper Ukrainian Front, Leningrad, Liberation Of Vienna.   “To make my story short, I […]

David Fisherman

David Fisherman Born April 6th 1915 Tiraspol, Moldov. CENTENARIAN Interviewed In: Montreal, Quebec Medals Awarded: Order of the Patriotic War (1st and 2nd Class),  Order of the Red Star, and Victory over Germany In The Great Patriotic War Mechanic/Driver Light Tank Brigade – Defence Of Caucuses And Vitebsk Liberations Of Lithuania And Riga   “Not a single […]

Beniamin Frumkin

Beniamin Frumkin Born 1922 In Smolensk, Soviet Union. Interviewed In: Montreal, Quebec Medals Awarded: Medal For Defense of Moscow,  Medal For Capture of Konigsberg,  Order of the Red Star,  Order of the Patriotic War (1st and 2nd Class) and Victory over Germany In The Great Patriotic War Regiment Engineer – Defence Of Moscow, Capture Of Konigsberg, Advisor to North Korean […]

Yakov Gelfandbein

Yakov Gelfandbein Born: 1922 Kherson, Ukraine. Passed Away: August 13, 2014 Montreal, Quebec. Interviewed In: Montreal, Quebec Medals Awarded: Medal for Battle Merit,  Medal For Defense of Stalingrad,  Medal For Defense of Moscow,  Order of the Red Star,  Order of the Patriotic War (1st and 2nd Class) and Victory over Germany In The Great Patriotic War 2nd Leningrad Artillery Corps […]

Shulim Grinberg

Shulim Grinberg Born February 21st 1922 Rybnitsa, Moldova. Interviewed In: Montreal, Quebec Medals Awarded: Order of the Red Star,  Order of the Patriotic War (1st and 2nd Class),  Medal for Battle Merit and Victory over Germany In The Great Patriotic War Air Force Gunner And Mechanic – Defence Of Moscow Battle Of Kursk.   “A month later nothing […]

Efim Perlych

Efim Perlych Born 1927 Malin, Ukraine. Interviewed In: Montreal, Quebec Medals Awarded: Order of the Patriotic War (1st and 2nd Class),  Medal for Courage,  Medal For Defense of Stalingrad and Victory over Germany In The Great Patriotic War Infantry And Paratrooper – Stalingrad, Caucuses, Crimea.   “I had to fight on two fronts. The first one was fighting […]

Philip Potiyevsky

Philip Potiyevsky Born: August 6th 1922 Malin, Ukraine. Passed Away: March 15, 2014 Montreal, Quebec. Interviewed In: Montreal, Quebec Medals Awarded: Order of the Patriotic War (1st and 2nd Class),  Medal for Courage,  Medal For Liberation of Warsaw,  Order of the Red Star and Victory over Germany In The Great Patriotic War Armoured Vehicle Driver At Intelligence Battalion. 5th […]

Zinovi Rogov

Zinovi Rogov Born July 28th 1928 Leningrad, Soviet Union. Interviewed In: Montreal, Quebec Child During Siege Of Leningrad – Dug Defensive Trenches “Every time I heard a sound of a far away explosion, I had a feeling that the next bomb would hit our house”   Zinovi was 12 when Germany invaded The Soviet Union. […]

Berta Tsirkina

Berta Tsirkina Born January 1935 Leningrad, Soviet Union. Interviewed In: Montreal, Quebec Siege Of Leningrad Survivor. “The city was doomed to die”” Tsirkina was 6 at the beginning of The Siege of Leningrad. Her father was drafted leaving her mother alone with Tsirkina and her month old sister: “We lived in Shuvalovo, Leningrad’s suburbs, where the […]

This website contains video interviews with Jewish Red Army veterans who fought with the Soviet Armed Forces against the Nazis in WW2, as well as partisans and Leningrad blockade survivors. The interviewees, who are all Canadian residents, were interviewed in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary between 2010 and 2015. The goal was to preserve […]